Turtle River racers brave cold for inaugural event

 

February 11, 2019

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

Jon Moreno, of Minneapolis, skis toward the finish line of the first leg of the Turtle River Pursuit Saturday at the MECCA Ski Trails in Mercer. The second leg of the race took place Sunday at the WinMan Trails in Manitowish Waters. The fastest overall time won the race.

By RICHARD JENKINS

rjenkins@yourdailyglobe.com

MERCER, Wis. - Temperatures may have been below zero early Saturday, but the mercury rose by race time and the competitors took off without a hitch at this weekend's inaugural Turtle River Pursuit cross country ski race.

"We lucked out. While the weather was cold - it was 29 below I think Saturday morning at 6 a.m. - by 11 a.m. (when the race started) it was just above zero. This morning at the WinMan it was five or six above," said Mike Shouldice, the president of the MECCA Ski Trails in Mercer and one of the race organizers. "The snow we got...



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